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Prominent Dementlieuse Noble Houses
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:29:07 PM »
Prominent Families within Dementlieu

Although everyone from low-ranking members of the gentry to the wealthy merchants can have a say in the Council of Brilliance's policy-making, these families are known to be the primary movers-and-shakers outside the Council of Brilliance. These large houses are commonly relied upon during elections for the Lord-Governor and the Council of Brilliance, as their names carry much weight. This is not a comprehensive list, and noble families can rise and fall from grace with a drop of a hat. Though this is a list primarily of families active in the political framework of Port-a-Lucine now, disgraced and defunct noble houses are listed below, as well.

House DuSuis

The family of Lady-Governor Hélène DuSuis -- before ascending the position of Lady-Governor following the aftermath of the Revolution of 770 BC, Hélène DuSuis served on the Council of Brilliance. Before that, she was merely the daughter of Alphonse and Lucia DuSuis, a wealthy couple that was well known among the nobility of Port-a-Lucine. When it was thought that an ill-considered remark to one of Lord-Governor Marcel Guignol's advisors would spell the family's doom, Hélène distanced herself from them -- it proved to be a wise move. While their fortunes soured, she came to know only greater degrees of success and prosperity in the political arena.

A canny politician, her meteoric rise is no doubt the result of her being an able and talented player of the Great Game. She owns a massive estate along the Domaines de la Vie Éclairée, not far from the Maison de la Vue, the estate owned by Councilor D'Honaire.

House D'Honaire

In addition to his mansion outside Port-a-Lucine in les Domaines de la Vie Eclairée, known as Maison de la Vue, Dominic also has put the fishing town of Ste. Luciennes under his own personal protection, and many of the nobles there are vassals of D'Honaire. His family is well-to-do; with important family members being Germain D'Honaire (his favored son), Celeste d'Honaire-Loverde (his niece), and Louise Girod (his wife). The family is said to originate from Mordent, where they were once known as healers.

House Descartes

Baron Ambrose Descartes, or "Young Ambrose", as he once was once known, leads the family and serves prominently within the Gendarmerie in Port-a-Lucine. It is said that Councilor Jacques Reynard actually worked for Ambrose's father. Many like to gossip about the Baron Descartes being the most 'eligible bachelor' around town, and he seems quite handsome, though many note that outside of uniform, he is withdrawn and keeps to himself most of the time.

The Descartes estate is said to be the first estate one encounters when traveling through the Domaines de la Vie Éclairée, the first large building on the right.

House Jalabert

A family well-known and respected for its patronage of the arts, it is one of the most respected in Port-a-Lucine, though the family's influence does not extend much farther past the enlightened city. Although Pierre Jalabert, Sr. is said to be the leader of the family, Vicomtesse Linette Jalabert manages the day-to-day affairs of the Jalabert Family. Linette has become the heir apparent to the Jalabert family's legacy, and though she has entered a second marriage with Leandre de Vauqelin and has played a heavy part in his family's comeback and reversal of fortunes, she retains her surname, perhaps out of pride, but perhaps for other reasons.

Another prominent member of the family is Sophie de la Croix-Jalabert, a half-Souragnian woman who has taken over management of the Theatre de la Cathedrale from her busy cousin, Linette. Under her leadership, the Theatre de la Cathedrale appears to be flourishing...

House Madrigore

Up until recently, the Madrigores were regarded as a group of aloof and often mad occultists and mystics who left the governing of their estate to others. Recently, however, Lord Sédoran Madrigore has taken it upon himself to break this tradition, and has served Edrigan well as a benevolent and outgoing lord with a great interest in the town he rules over.

House Drukker

The heraldry of House Drukker depicts a golden goose in flight towards the sinister, featured on a field of burgundy from now-defunct House Moreau on the dexter, and green on the sinister, slashed by a black barre sinister, denoting an abatement of some kind. Councilor Wymmer M. Drukker is the head of this small, yet remarkably influential household, having earned his place in that respected body in an election, during the year 769 BC, just before revolutionary fervor swept through much of Dementlieu.

House Rancourt

Led by Guillaume Rancourt and his son Gaston, this family is perhaps even older than the Dauphins were, and they often jest about the claims that the Dauphin family ever had ancestors as either Lord-Governor or a member of the Council of Brilliance. Reneé Delven associates herself with this family, as the family is one that favors heavily technological innovation and the advancement of industry. To this end, they own a sizable number of textile mills and workhouses.

This family has suffered numerous setbacks in recent years, starting with the assassination of Vicomte Vespasien Rancourt, who ran in a snap election held by Lord-Governor Guignol, prior to the Revolution of 770 BC. Several workhouses owned by the Rancourts would be destroyed by angry mobs in the months that followed.

House Sauveterre

Ever since 768 BC, where Lord Damien Laurent underwent a failed bid for a seat on the Council of Brilliance, House Sauveterre has kept out of politics. They did not suffer greatly, in the Revolution of 770 BC, but neither have they gained anything by their inaction. How long will they bide their time?

House Laverte

The Laverte family is a highly influential family with most of its holdings in Chateaunoir. For this reason, it rarely enters the political arena that so often embroils the capital of Dementlieu, Port-a-Lucine. Only when their own interests are threatened do they offer more than token aid to the other noble families. They do give a sizable amount of money to higher education and also bankroll a sizable amount of the public education that all Dementliuese get. For this, the minor noble family of the Casteelles serves them as both an ally and a powerful vassal... for the time being, of course.

House d'Évreux

Possessing numerous large tracts of land in and around Chateaunoir, Aristide d'Évreux holds many titles -- he is styled often as "His Grace Aristide de Évreux, Duc de Beauvais, Comte de Angoulême, Marquis de Calmont, and Mayor of Chateaunoir". Perhaps the most influential figure in the southernmost part of Dementlieu, the elder nobleman is often represented by his exceptionally young wife, Simone. Numerous individuals have suggested that Simone is in fact the one who leads this family, and her husband is in fact henpecked into carrying out her will; others, however, say that the two work as one, united in their ambition...

House Richelieu

Originally known as House Josquin of Richemulot and Dementlieu to make it so they would not confuse them with the Josquins that preside over Chateau Josquin, their name got shortened over the years to simply be 'Richelieu'. The family is a big name in merchant circles, and they are known to support a fair number of auctions selling fine antiques, curios, and pieces of art.


House Allemand

A family of wealthy merchants who immigrated from Falkovnia, the House Allemand is perhaps one of the main reasons the peace with Falkovnia lasted as long as it did. They primarily traded in grain and this proved fairly lucrative for them, though it would come to pass that not even money could save them from inevitable disgrace.  At the onset of the war, House Allemand found its property and massive wealth seized by the Dementlieuse government, under a decree passed by the Lord-Governor.

Rumors, however, spread of the family perhaps making some sort of comeback, supported in part by the Falkovnian diplomat named Marcos Vederrak, son of the infamous Paul Dirac, a wealthy grain merchant of Dementlieuse birth who fled to Falkovnia early on.

House Dauphin

The Dauphins were a family with a long and rich tradition - if anyone could be called "Old Money", it would perhaps be them. They were wealthy beyond measure, and was rumored that they have perhaps the strongest genealogical link to the founders of Dementlieu, possibly to one of the original members of the Council of Brilliance, or even the mythic Emperor Léon. This was not a rumor that the Dauphins themselves discouraged, believing it won them a considerable amount of prestige. The Dauphins endeavored to become the most powerful house in Dementlieu, something that was well within their reach.

It was, however, discovered that the Dauphin family and other nobles indebted to them were involved in a conspiracy aimed at overthrowing the Council of Brilliance. This plot was ultimately foiled, and it is said that the patriarch of the family, Charles Dauphin, was killed near the border shared with Falkovnia.

House Dumonde

House Dumonde is no more. What happened to this once-prestigious house is a mystery...

House Guignol

The family of the Lord-Governor. While he was alive, Marcel Guignol obviously led the family. The Lord-Governor himself was slain via poisoning by a mysterious assassin, likely as part of a political statement in the lead-up to the Revolution of 770 BC. The revolutionaries did not spare a single man or woman bearing the Guignol family name -- all were lined up behind Madame Guillotine, and made to sate the mob's hunger for aristocratic blood.

House Moliére

This family ended when Baptiste Moliére married Linette Jalabert. Unfortunately for Baptiste, he passed away during a fishing incident gone awry.

House Véron

House Véron is but a memory. The last living member of the family, Marc Véron, is an escaped madman.
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